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We've Got Cedar Fever! Why It's Ideal for Backyard Structures

We've Got Cedar Fever! Why It's Ideal for Backyard Structures


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It's January in Texas and we are firmly in the grip of "cedar fever;" many of us suffer from severe allergies from December to February when cedar trees pollinate.

But cedar isn't all bad; in fact, it's one of the best building materials for outdoor structures like gazebos, pergolas and arbors.  What makes cedar so great?

Here are ten reasons why cedar is a top choice for building materials.

It's strong and durable
Cedar handles paint and stain in a uniform fashion. It is also split-, crack-, and water-resistant. The durability of this type of wood is known to be tremendous, having provided materials for shingles that have lasted well over 100 years.

It's easy to work with 
Because cedar is much lower on the density scale than many other wood types, it is easy to cut and shape, making it great for a variety of projects.  This wood is very lightweight and boasts a naturally straight grain. 

It's beautiful
Cedarwood is a naturally beautiful wood to use in almost any application. It's a durable softwood timber that has a uniform texture, straight grain, and few knots.  Cedarwood also produces a fresh and appealing aroma. Aesthetically, it is naturally stunning with its deep tones and textured wood grains.

It's naturally resistant to insects
The oil in cedarwood is naturally antibacterial, antifungal, and pest-resistant; it can control pests like termites, ants, moths, mosquitoes, and cockroaches.

It doesn’t swell, warp or decay
Since cedarwood primarily grows in damp climates, it’s become naturally weather-resistant over the years.  Typically, it does not splinter.  Cedarwood can be placed under extreme conditions such as drastic changes in humidity and temperature. The oil in cedar will allow it to bead up and resist water naturally.

It's naturally sound resistant
Cedar is a porous wood, which gives it the ability to absorb noise.

It provides excellent thermal insulation
Cedarwood has large cell cavities that are composed of air.  This factor is why it has traditionally been used as siding, roofs and sheds.

It's very low-maintenance
Although we recommend a light water-based stain to lengthen the life of your cedar product, it doesn't have to be stained, varnished or waterproofed like other woods.

It's naturally cool
Cedar has a high thermal coefficient, meaning even on hot days, it's cool to sit in.

It's environmentally friendly
Cedar is environmentally superior to synthetic products. It has a negative greenhouse gas effect, meaning it actually removes these gases from the atmosphere, and it’s renewable, biodegradable, and sourced from the most sustainable forests in the world.



Cedar is, therefore, an ideal choice for backyard structures like gazebos, pergolas, arbors and trellises.

Here are some of our best and most popular 100% cedar products.

Yardistry 12' Meridian Octagon Gazebo Kit 100% Cedar with Aluminum Roof

Yardistry 12' Meridian Octagon Gazebo Kit 100% Cedar with Aluminum Roof

$3,099.80

The Yardistry 12’ Meridian Octagon Gazebo will create an intimate space in your backyard that invites relaxation and conversation in a shady setting. Eight sturdy 4 by 4 inch laminated posts support the structure and a 36 inch high guardrail with… Read More

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Vita Wildwood Cedar Privacy Trellis

Vita Wildwood Cedar Privacy Trellis

$453.99

The Wildwood Cedar Privacy Trellis adds a subtle modern touch to any outdoor space. A timeless stand-alone garden structure featuring minimalist design, clean lines and broad overhanging trim, it can act as a dynamic accent wall, privacy screen or boundary… Read More

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Paragon 11x11 Florence Pergola with Aluminum Chilean Ipe Wood Finish & Beach White Canopy

Paragon 11x11 Florence Pergola with Aluminum Chilean Ipe Wood Finish & Beach White Canopy

$1,448.80

Aluminum Frame Pergola with a Convertible top that can be manually opened and closed to allow just the right amount of sunshine to come in. Perfect for star gazing in the evening too. The frame looks like real wood do… Read More

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Yardistry 11 x 13 Carolina Pavilion 100% Cedar with Aluminum Roof

Yardistry 11 x 13 Carolina Pavilion 100% Cedar with Aluminum Roof

$2,699.80

Expand your outdoor living space with the Carolina Pavilion. The Carolina Pavilion adds character to any area, creating the perfect setting for all your outdoor entertainment needs. The stunning design features a coffee brown aluminum roof, sturdy posts with classic… Read More

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Vita Heartwood Grande Arbor

Vita Heartwood Grande Arbor

$504.99

The Heartwood Grande Cedar Arbor brings a subtle and modern reimagining of traditional arbor design. Lattice side panels support climbing flowers and plants to accent any garden entrance or walkway. Cedar contains natural preservatives that help it resist insects and… Read More

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